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Overview (4)

Born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameWayne Douglas Gretzky
Nicknames The Great One
The White Tornado
The Great Gretzky
Gretz
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One, " is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all-time. At the time of his retirement at the end of the 1998-99 NHL season he was the NHL's all-time scoring leader in Goals, Assists & Points in both the regular season & Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led the NHL in scoring a record 10 times, was Captain of 4 Stanley Cup Championship teams, and was named the league's MVP a record 9 times. He is the only NHL player ever to score 200 Points in a season, and did so 4 times in the span of 5 years. A great ambassador of pro sports, he was also named the NHL's Most Gentlemanly Player 4 times and received the Order of Canada (their highest civilian honor) in 1998. Upon his retirement in 1999, his trademark jersey No. 99 was retired by the NHL.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Alana Zoll<az1@mindspring.com>

Wayne Gretzky was a professional hockey played who played in the NHL until 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he is arguably the most famous hockey player of all time, and most agree he is the best hockey player of all time. Outside of hockey, Gretzky has become infamous for his inspirational quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take". Wayne Gretzky set 61 NHL scoring records through his 21 year career.

Originally from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Wayne Gretzky began playing hockey when he was just three years old. His father, Walter Gretzky, dedicated his life to making sure Wayne had everything he needed to become a successful hockey player. Walter build a backyard rink full with boards and lights so he could help Wayne practice at night. Walter spent countless hours on the backyard rink with Wayne and his brothers and taught him important insights to the game. At the age of six, Wayne Gretzky was playing youth hockey in a league with boys a few years older than him. In 1977, Gretzky was the youngest player and leading scorer at the Junior World Cup tournament held in Montreal.

In the 1978 OHL entry draft, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds drafted a 16 year old Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky went on to score 182 points for them, only topped by 20 year old Bobby Smith with 192 points. Wayne Gretzky was clearly a breakout superstar player, but due to NHL draft rules, he would not be eligible for the draft until four years later. This led to him to sign with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA, a professional hockey league competitor of the NHL. He was not long for Indianapolis and after just 8 games, his contract was sold to the Edmonton Oilers. In 1979, the WHA merged with the NHL and along with the Oilers, Gretzky entered the NHL. In his first season in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky became the youngest MVP in league history, as well as the youngest player to score over 50 goals and over 100 points in the same season.

Wayne Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988. In one of the more controversial trades in sports history, Oilers owner Peter Pocklington dealt Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Pocklington was in financial trouble and dealing Gretzky away was his way of settling some personal debt. The trade was mired in controversy and Oilers fans still hold a bitter grudge against Pocklington for it. The trade was immortalized in the ESPN 30 for 30 Film "Kings Ransom".

However, the trade to Los Angeles proved to be important to the long term growth of the NHL. Wayne Gretzky made hockey a popular sport in the warm climate of California and spurred a series of expansion and relocation teams to the US Sunbelt in the early 90s. After a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993, Wayne Gretzky would never get close to hockey's ultimate prize again. Over the next decade, Gretzky would continue to rack up the points and NHL records while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers.

Wayne Gretzky played his last NHL game in April of 1999 and was inducted to the Hall of Fame that same year, the only player to bypass the Hall of Fame's usual three year waiting period for players to be induced. Gretzky's number 99 is retired by every NHL team, the only number to be retired league wide.

Post retirement, Gretzky was involved with owning the Phoenix Coyotes, as well as coaching them for five seasons. Wayne Gretzky was also the Executive Director for Canada's gold medal winning Men's Hockey team at the 2002 Olympics.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brandon M of http://www.famoussportspeople.com

Spouse (1)

Janet Jones (17 July 1988 - present) ( 5 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Always tucked the right corner of his jersey into his pants
Number 99

Trivia (65)

Owns a restaurant called "Wayne Gretzky's" at 99 Blue Jays Way in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Currently holds 61 NHL records.
Member of the 1998 Canadian olympic hockey team.
Widely considered as the best ice hockey player ever.
His wedding to Janet Jones was broadcast live throughout Canada. It even included uniformed "guards" from the Fire Department on the church steps. The Archdiocese of Edmonton was criticized for allowing St. Joseph's Basilica to hold the ceremony because neither Gretzky or Jones is Catholic. The wedding reportedly cost Gretzky over $1,000,000; Janet's dress alone cost $40,000. The reception was hosted by Alan Thicke.
All 5 of his kids were born at Ceders-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Has "written"/authorized at least 4 books about himself.
"Wrote" a daily "journal" syndicated throughout Canada's newspapers detailing his thoughts and feelings about his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame as that day neared.
His front teeth were knocked out in a hockey game when he was 10.
Smokes cigars.
Unsuccessfully attempted to get the number 99 copyrighted, but did succeed in getting the address of his Toronto eatery changed to "99 Blue Jay Way."
(February 24, 2002) The Men's Canadian Olympic Team won the Olympic gold medal, beating the United States 5-2. Canada's victory came 50 years to the day the Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys won the nation's last gold at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games.
(February 18, 2002) Gretzky, executive director of the Men's Canadian Olympic Team, lashed out at a bizarre and impromptu press conference, saying everyone hated Canada and blamed the team's 1-1-1 start on "American propaganda.".
First child, Paulina, was born 5 months and 2 days after his wedding.
It was believed that he engineered his 1988 trade to the L.A. Kings to help Janet's career. According to the program "Kings Ransom", this was not true. Ironically, he broke up with live-in girlfriend, singer Vicki Moss, because she wouldn't give up her career. Moss was involved briefly with Gretzky's friend, David Foster.
Eldest of five children.
(October 2, 1998) Launched his own line of menswear, The Wayne Gretzky Collection, carried by Canadian department store chain The Bay, with prices from $85.00 to $300.00.
Proposed to wife Janet over the phone.
(February 25, 1991) Bought the CFL Toronto Argonauts with Bruce McNall and John Candy.
In 1980, hit .492 for hometown Brantford CKPC Braves senior league baseball team, attracting the attention of the Toronto Blue Jays, who offered him a tryout. He declined.
(August 9, 1988) In a move that forever changed the dynamics of the NHL, Gretzky, Marty McSorley, and Mike Krushelnyski were sold to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million cash, and the Kings' three first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991, and 1993. Gretzky and Carson later played together in Los Angeles (1992-1993, 1993-1994).
After his retirement, he became the spokesperson for Tylenol Arthritis Formula, even though he doesn't actually have osteoarthritis.
While in Edmonton, he began to turn himself into a brand name, endorsing everything from soft drinks and blue jeans to his own wallpaper, pillow cases, hockey games, breakfast cereals and a Mattel "Great Gretzky" doll. "Forbes" magazine estimated that between 1990 and 1998, Gretzky earned $93.8 million from hockey and endorsements.
On the cover of Cigar Aficionado magazine with his wife, Janet Jones. [February 1997]
Reportedly saving the stick he used to break Gordie Howe's NHL career points record on 15 October 1989 against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers, for his son, Ty.
Accompanied Queen Elizabeth II to an NHL pre-season game on October 6th 2002 in Vancouver, Canada.
Owns homes in Toronto, Westlake Village, CA, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho (which features two water slides), and Vancouver.
Was told by Michael Jordan that retirement was "heavenly." Soon afterward, Jordan returned to the NBA.
Sold custom-built Georgian-style estate in Thousand Oaks, CA in 2005 to Lenny Dykstra. It was sold at auction in 2010 after Dykstra lost it in foreclosure. It sold again 2013 in for $9,500,000, $5,495,000 less than asking.
Wayne has agreed in principle to head the Canadian Olympic hockey team for 2006 in Italy if NHL hockey player are involved.
Contrary to his image for gentlemanly play, Gretzky was ejected 11 times in his NHL career for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Godfather to Jari Kurri's twin sons Ville and Joonas.
Art Ross Trophy (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994). Conn Smythe Trophy (1985, 1988). First All-Star Team (1984). First All-Star Team Centre (1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991). Hart Memorial Trophy (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990). Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999). Lester B. Pearson Award (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987). Lester Patrick Trophy (1994). Second All-Star Team Centre (1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998).
The statue of Gretzky at the entrance of Skyreach Centre, home arena of the Edmonton Oilers, temporarily had a sign hanging from it that read "U$ Lackey" in protest of his comments supporting George W. Bush in the war against Iraq. (25 March 2003)
Played for the Edmonton Oilers (1978-1988), the Los Angeles Kings (1988-1996), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996-1999).
Famous for talking about himself in the third person.
The Wayne Gretzky International Award is presented annually by the United States Hockey Hall of Fame to "an international citizen who has been deemed to have made a major contribution to the growth and advancement of American hockey."
Print/Radio/TV ads for Power Automotive Group of Southern California debut. Gretzky is also the pitchman for Ford of Canada (May 2003).
Did a series of TV ads for Sharp Viewcam Camcorder with son Ty.
Baroque comic opera "The Loves of Wayne Gretzky" by composer Brad Walton debuted in Toronto. In it, Gretzky leaves his wife for Mario Lemieux (February 1994).
One-time owner with Bruce McNall of the Honus Wagner baseball card, the world's most expensive sports card. Only 50 in existence, each is valued at almost a half-million dollars.
Inducted into the Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame, bypassing the 3-year waiting period. Following Gretzky's induction, the Hall announced the waiting period would not be waived for any future players. (November 22, 1999).
Has dual Canadian/American citizenship.
Has more assists (1,963) than any other NHL player has total points (goals plus assists).
Gretzky's trade to the Los Angeles Kings caused such a stir in Canada, Canadian Parliment tried to declare Gretzky as a national treasure, wanted the trade declared null and void. In addition, Parliment talked about buying Gretzky's contract, so it could be sold to a Canadian based team
Loves to wear white suit/sport jackets, but will no longer wear them, due to the jackets being ruined from Sharpie pen marks applied accidentally by fans while signing autographs.
Returned to Edmonton in 1989 to attend the unveiling of a statue of him hoisting the Stanley Cup, now at the entrance of Skyreach Centre. At the ceremony, former owner Peter Pocklington gave Gretzky's then-infant daughter Paulina a $25,000 savings bond. He later blasted Pocklington in his 1990 autobiography as being "a cheapskate."
Sport Illustrated writer and author Rick Riley felt that writing Gretzky's biography back in 1990 was a difficult task, because Gretzky is so humble, he won't talk too much about himself.
In 1990, the year the Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup, the CBC wanted Gretzky to appear as a reporter for Hockey Night in Canada, should the Oilers win the Stanley Cup (the first time without him), but he respectfully declined, not wanting to interfere with the Oilers' victory.
In 1984, when the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup, he was asked to do the "I'm Going To Disneyland", bit for a commercial. He respectfully declined, because he didn't want it to interfere with the moment of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.
He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 25, 1984 for his services to sports.
Was a part-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL with McNall and John Candy. The group signed Raghib Ismail on the first day of the 1991 NFL draft, where he was projected the #1 overall pick.
One of his favorite positions on the ice was to take the puck to the back of an opponent's goal and try to set up teammates for a goal.
Fellow hockey legend Mark Messier is the godfather of his daughter, Paulina Gretzky.
He is of Polish, Belarusian, and Ukrainian descent on his father's side, and has English ancestry on his mother's side.
Named head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes on August 8, 2005, the first time Gretzky coached hockey at any level. He resigned in September 2009 with a 143-161-24 record and zero playoff games.
President and part owner of Phoenix Coyotes [2001]
After Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry drafted Trevor Gretzky in the 7th round of the MLB draft, Gretzky personally negotiated Trevor's contract with Hendry. Trevor signed for $375,000. (July 18, 2011).
Grandson Tatum Gretzky Johnson born on January 19, 2015 to daughter Paulina and pro golfer Dustin Johnson.
Friends with Alan Thicke.
Joins the Oilers Entertainment Group, owner of the Edmonton Oilers, as Partner and Vice Chairman. (October 2016).
Endorsed the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2015.
His net worth is $200 million.

Personal Quotes (8)

Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.
Most people marry their mother. I married my father.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
On his support for the 2010 winter olympics in Vancouver: "I'm just going to try and tell them how great Canada is and tell them it's the right city and the right country for the Winter Olympics."
"My dad told me today that I ran out an 800-goal scorer out of hockey" (On Brett Hull's retirement)
The biggest difference between L.A. and Edmonton was that instead of people looking at me I was looking at them.
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great player plays where the puck is going to be.
I had the greatest financial adviser in the world - my dad..I'm not a flamboyant guy who needs to have a lot of cars or buy a lot of things to make myself feel good.

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